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Fishy goings-on and a bet gone wrong

Published: Friday 12 November 2010, 9.00CET
There are plaudits for PFC CSKA Moskva and Fernando Torres while something fishy and an underhand engraver feature in UEFA.com's review of the last seven days in European football.
by Tom Kell
Fishy goings-on and a bet gone wrong
Fernando Torres announced his return to form by leading Liverpool to victory over Chelsea ©Getty Images

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Published: Friday 12 November 2010, 9.00CET

Fishy goings-on and a bet gone wrong

There are plaudits for PFC CSKA Moskva and Fernando Torres while something fishy and an underhand engraver feature in UEFA.com's review of the last seven days in European football.

Team: PFC CSKA Moskva
FC Zenit St Petersburg needed just a point to wrap up the Premier-Liga title on Wednesday, but came away with nothing. CSKA were the ultimate party poopers, claiming a 3-1 victory which not only kept alive the title race but also inflicted a first home defeat on Zenit since August 2009. Luciano Spalletti's side still have three more bites at the cherry but, for now, CSKA's hopes remain intact.

Player: Fernando Torres (Liverpool FC)
It has not been the easiest of starts to the season for Torres, seemingly still struggling with the injury that restricted him at the FIFA World Cup, but on Sunday he burst to life with two fine first-half goals as Liverpool defeated Premier League leaders Chelsea FC 2-0. Then three nights later he was at it again with an early solo effort in the 1-1 draw with Wigan Athletic FC. "Every day I am feeling better and improving," Torres said.

Quote: Anas Sharbini (HNK Hajduk Split)
"I changed my boots and now I will be wearing these until they fall apart. My brother Ahmad and some other team-mates have already gone to buy these boots."
Sharbini's new footwear get the credit after two goals – his first in nearly two months – help secure a 4-1 win against NK Zagreb.

Numbers
14:
Seconds between PFC Levski Sofia defender Ivo Ivanov coming on as a susbstitute and scoring an own goal against LOSC Lille Métropole
9: Celtic FC set a Scottish Premier League record with their 9-0 win against Aberdeen FC, the Dons' heaviest ever defeat
4: A record-equalling four penalties were squandered in the Bundesliga last weekend, matching the previous mark set in the 1988/89 campaign. SV Werder Bremen's Torsten Frings was one of the guilty parties, missing from the spot for the first time since 30 January 2004, 21 attempts ago

Fishy goings-on: FK Budućnost Podgorica v FK Zeta
Fans at the Montenegrin First League fixture between Budućnost Podgorica and Zeta were no doubt expecting to be wined and dined pre-match. They were in for a nasty surprise, though, with entrance forbidden after unknown assailants scattered around 50kg of musty fish around the area, making for a non-too accommodating stench.

Beginner's luck: Ollie the Octopus
Or lack thereof. Paul the 'psychic' octopus had us all enthralled with his FIFA World Cup predictions over the summer before his death last month. Cousin 'Ollie' – named after Blackpool FC manager Ian Holloway – has stepped into the breach, however, predicting the Seasiders' results for the remainder of the season. His trial forecast was for victory at Aston Villa FC, but it was a 3-2 defeat which materialised, leaving supporters of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC – who he foresaw finishing bottom of the Premier League – not yet quaking in their boots.

Eating his words: Roman Lopatenko
Sitting on the fence is not Lopatenko's style. The television commentator ignored FC Tobol Kostanay's healthy position with three games remaining to write off their chances of claiming the Kazakh Premier League. Tobol duly put Lopatenko in his place by winning their maiden crown, forcing him to stick to his promise of cleaning the streets in Kostanay should he be proved wrong. "Usually I win bets," said Lopatenko, "but this time Tobol were better than I thought. I take my hat off to them."

Trophy curse: Malmö FF
Malmö were forced to relinquish their Swedish First Division trophy just days after claiming the title following allegations it was tampered with by a silversmith with ulterior motives. Stockholm-based engraver Ingemar Eklund, who recently passed away, is rumoured to have etched the nickname of his favourite club, Hammarby IF, inside the trophy itself. "If he was alive we could have simply asked him," said Swedish Football Association (SvFF) general secretary Mikael Santoft. "The trophy will be removed from its plinth and investigated with a miniature camera."

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